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    Stay On Top Of Your Child's Oral Health

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Going to the dentist can be more fun than you think, especially if you’re going to Best Kids Dentist - Family Dentistry in Brooklyn, NY. Call us today at (718) 491-5300 to learn how we can make visiting the dentist an enjoyable experience for your child. To learn more about maintaining good oral health, check out these informative websites.

    When Should Your Child First See a Dentist?

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Many parents have a hard time figuring out when to take their child to the dentist for the first time. The best time to do so is generally by his or her first birthday. Why so early? Though your child is very young, it doesn’t mean they’re not susceptible to cavities and other dental problems. If anything is wrong, you’ll want to catch it early. In addition, you’ll have the chance to teach your son or daughter that the dentist is a safe and friendly place. Keep reading to learn more about your child’s first visit to the dentist, as well as how often you should take your child after the initial visit.

    The First Visit

    At your child’s first dentist appointment, you’ll have the opportunity to learn a wealth of information. You’ll learn how to properly care for an infant or toddler’s mouth, ways to prevent damaging accidents, how to develop good oral habits, the proper use of fluoride, what to expect as they grow, and more. The first visit to the dentist is generally a brief one. It is an opportunity to meet the dentist in a friendly atmosphere, check your child’s bite, check for any potential problems with the gums, and educate parents about basic oral health care. Doing so at the age of one is critical because you’ll need to build a good relationship with your dentist, and check that nothing is out of the ordinary.

    After the First Visit

    After your child’s initial visit to the dentist, you’ll want to take them back about once every six months, provided everything seems normal. The reason you should schedule so frequently is because your child’s dentist will need to monitor their dental development. This will enable their dentist to catch any issues before they become serious, as well as to make sure that your child’s teeth are in good condition overall.

    If your baby boy or girl is fast approaching their first birthday, schedule an appointment with Best Kids Dentist - Family Dentistry in Brooklyn, NY. Call us today at (718) 491-5300 to learn how we will make your child’s first visit to the dentist an exceedingly pleasant experience.

    No More Nasties: Brushing for Kids!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    What’s the best way to make brushing your teeth fun? Show your child this helpful video so they can find out!

    In this video, your child will learn how, by using their imagination, they can make brushing more fun. The goal of brushing your teeth is getting rid of the “nasties” that hide in your mouth. So, how do you get rid of the nasties? Pick up a dentist-approved toothbrush and find fluoride toothpaste. Then, add a pea-sized drop of toothpaste to the brush, aim the brush between your teeth and gums, and brush the tops, sides, fronts, and backs of your teeth. After two minutes, spit the nasties down the drain!

    For gentle cleaning and fluoride treatments, contact Best Kids Dentist - Family Dentistry in Brooklyn, NY. Call us today at (718) 491-5300 to learn how we can help your child keep the nasties away!

    A Parent's Guide to Dental Care for Children

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Basic dental care consists of brushing and flossing daily, eating a healthy diet, and visiting the dentist at regular intervals. Children learn habits easily, so get them in the habit of taking care of their teeth. Doing so will help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and a number of other problems.

    Brush and Floss Regularly

    As soon as your child’s first tooth comes in, you should teach them to brush regularly. By brushing once in the morning and once before bed, your child is far less likely to develop such problems as tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Brushing also helps remove plaque, which can lead to tooth decay. You’ll want to teach your child how to brush properly. This means brushing the insides, outsides, and tops of their teeth. Emphasize that they needn’t brush with too much force, because doing so can cause irritation. Besides, plaque comes off rather easily with a gentle brush. Lastly, in addition to brushing twice each day, your child should floss once daily. This will begin as soon as his or her teeth start touching together. Ask your dentist for tips on how to floss.

    Eat a Healthy Diet

    By feeding your child a balanced and healthy diet, you can help them develop strong teeth, healthy gums, and prevent tooth decay. Be sure to feed your child a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups. Avoid sugars and processed carbohydrates, and replace them with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

    Visit the Dentist Regularly

    Schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatric dentist every six months to check that they’re in good health. Dental problems generally develop early in life, so regular check-ups are important to monitor development. If your child complains of toothaches or irritation, schedule a visit immediately.

    If you’re a Brooklyn resident looking for a great pediatric dentist for your child, look no further than Best Kids Dentist. Call us today at (718) 491-5300 to schedule your child’s first dentist appointment.

    Healthy Smile Resources

    Last updated 5 years ago

    The health of your child’s smile is important to his or her confidence, appearance, and overall wellness. That’s why it’s essential to make sure children maintain good oral hygiene and visit a family dentist regularly.

    For a pediatric dentist or orthodontist in the Brooklyn, NY area, contact Best Kids Dentist at (718) 491-5300. For additional information, check out the resources below.

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